Read: Psalm 67:1; Numbers 6:25 – 26; Ephesians 2:4 – 5; Matthew 5:5
The psalm begins with a prayer for God to be gracious or merciful. The plea for mercy is essentially a request for forgiveness, addressed to God, who is rich in mercy, by those who feel their need of mercy. Those who plead for mercy make no claims based on their personal worth or merit; this is a prayer that unites saints and sinners, for all are equally in need of God’s mercy.
Think About It: What is implied about the person who asks for mercy? Do I feel the need for God’s mercy?
Prayer: Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner.
Read: Psalm 67:1; Ephesians 1:3 – 14; Romans 8:32
The psalm continues with a prayer for God to bless us. The blessings we give are words and wishes; God’s blessings are tangible actions and facts. The first chapter of Ephesians provides considerable content to the concept of the spiritual blessings God has granted to us.
Think About It: What are some of the spiritual blessings that we enjoy in Christ according to today’s passage from Ephesians? How have I personally experienced some of these blessings?
Prayer: Thank God for the blessings that are mine in Christ Jesus.
Read: Psalm 67:1; Psalm 31:16; Psalm 80:3, 7, 19; Daniel 9:17;
2 Corinthians 4:6; 2 Samuel 14:24, 32
The psalm continues with a prayer that God might make His face to shine upon us. This is a prayer for a sense of God’s presence, favor, and fellowship. There was a time when Absalom lived in Jerusalem but was not permitted to see the king’s face because he was out of fellowship with God; at that time he longed for the king’s favor.
Think About It: Is it possible for a Christian to be out of favor with God? What causes God’s face to shine on His people? How can I experience God’s face shining on me?
Prayer: Lord, make your face to shine on me.
Read: Psalm 67:2, Acts 4:10 – 12; 16:7; 18:26; John 14:6
The psalm continues with a prayer for God’s way of salvation to be made known among all nations on the earth. On this basis, Psalm 67 has been called the “missionary song.”
Think About It: What is God’s way of salvation? How many ways of salvation are there? How is God’s way of salvation made known?
Prayer: That I might do my part in making the way of salvation known to those who are lost without Christ.
Read: Psalm 67:3, 4; Psalm 9:8; Psalm 96:10, 13; Psalm 98:9; Matthew 25:31 – 46
Psalm 67 calls for everyone to praise God and gives several reasons for that praise. One reason to praise God is that He will judge the peoples with righteousness.
Think About It: According to Jesus and the parable of the sheep and the goats, what standards does God use in judging the nations of the world? What are the characteristics of a “goat” and of a “sheep“?
Prayer: Lord, help me to be one of your beloved sheep.
Read: Psalm 67:3, 4; Psalm 47:8, 9; Proverbs 3:5, 6; Acts 17:26; Deuteronomy 32:8; Daniel 2:36 – 45
Another reason for praising God given in Psalm 67 is that God guides the nations. God exercises His sovereignty in His plans for the nations of the world.
Think About It: What is God’s ultimate plan for all world empires according to Daniel 2? Who is the “stone hewn out of the mountain”?
Prayer: Thank God for His sovereign power over all the nations of the earth, and for His eternal plan which leads to His victory and eternal reign.
Read: Psalm 67:5 – 7; Psalm 65:11; Luke 21:24; Matthew 24:14; Romans 11:25; John 4:35
Another reason for praising God given in Psalm 67 is that the earth has yielded its produce. On a physical level this produce is the food and wealth of the world. On a spiritual level, this produce is the harvest of souls from every nation.
Think About It: Do I rejoice when people are saved?
Prayer: Praise God that today throughout the world people will be saved.